By: Jimmie Sykes
Vic Mensa took the streets of Washington D.C. to perform at the March For Our Lives Rally.
"This song is dedicated to Stephon Clark, Decynthia Clements, and all the unarmed black men and women killed by police weapons. Until all of us are free, none of us will be free."
Chicago artist Vic Mensa has never been afraid to speak his mind through his platform. With songs like "We Could be Free", "16 Shots", and "Shades of Blue", it is clear that Vic Mensa will always rise up and speak out. Salute to Mensa for taking it out to the Nation's Capital to perform "We Could Be Free", a track from his latest album The Autobiography.
The March For Our Lives Rally was organized as a national movement to put an end to gun violence. Last month, lone gunman Nikolas Cruz entered Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and killed 17 people. This sparked national outrage and questioning of the Second Amendment. March For Our Lives is a new rally, but this is something that many people have been calling on for far too long.
Although this rally is a push for tighter gun laws and to put an end to campus shootings, it was also a push for the lives of the black men and women. A push for those lives that were lost to unjust, senseless violence. Keep pushing so hopefully this time around their story will be heard. It is important that the names of the fallen such as Trayvon Martin, Jordan Davis, Decynthia Clements, and Stephon Clark are kept alive. Let the world know that they represent many others who too were lost to gun violence, but not in vein either.
Vic Mensa has always been a favorite of mine for this reason alone. To express social issues as fearless as he does on and off the track means a lot these days. It's like the voice for the voiceless, speaking for people who don't have the opportunity. Mensa backs those black men and women whose lives were cut short due to unjust violence.
"It ain't enough for police to wear body cams, cause n*ggas still getting tazed and body slammed. And cigarettes'll kill you on their own but they'll kill you for a cigarette, I honor Eric Garner fam'."
Vic Mensa- Shades of Blue (2016)
This battle is nothing new for Mensa, he will always be here fighting for the rights of the people. Check out his latest performance in D.C. below.
"We could be free, truly. If we'd only knew we were slaves to the pains of each other. One thing I believe I'd learn to see my enemy as my brother."